Hawg Wild Black-Eyed Peas


This is my own variation on the traditional New Year's meal, but really takes it up a notch. I usually end up making it a lot each winter. If word gets out to friends that I'm making this, I don't have leftovers. Serve with corn bread. I sometimes use some of the hog jowl instead of bacon. Slice it thin and then chop into small pieces, and just leave it in the pan while cooking the Trinity (onion, celery, and bell pepper).

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
3 hrs 50 mins
Additional Time:
8 hrs
Total Time:
12 hrs 20 mins
16 servings


  • 2 pounds dried black-eyed peas

  • 1 ½ pounds smoked pork jowl, cut into 4 pieces

  • 1 pound tasso ham, cut into 1/2-inch pieces

  • 1 onion, chopped

  • 1 stalk celery

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 3 bay leaves

  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley

  • 1 tablespoon dried basil

  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

  • 8 strips bacon

  • 2 cups chopped onion

  • 2 cups chopped celery

  • 2 cups chopped green bell pepper

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 (10 ounce) cans diced tomatoes with green chile peppers (such as RO*TEL®), drained

  • 1 ½ pounds smoked andouille sausage, sliced on the bias

  • 1 ½ tablespoons white sugar

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste


  1. Place black-eyed peas into a large bowl and cover with several inches of cool water; soak 8 hours to overnight. Drain and rinse.

  2. Place black-eyed peas into a large pot and fill with water 1/2-inch above the peas; bring to a simmer. Add pork jowl, tasso ham, 1 chopped onion, 1 stalk celery, 2 cloves minced garlic, bay leaves, parsley, basil, and Worcestershire sauce; cook at a simmer until peas are tender, 2 to 3 hours.

  3. Remove and discard pork jowl, celery stalk, and bay leaves from the pea mixture.

  4. Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until evenly browned, about 10 minutes. Drain bacon slices on paper towels, leaving 2 to 3 tablespoons bacon drippings in the skillet. Crumble bacon when cooled.

  5. Cook and stir 2 cups onion, 2 cups celery, green bell pepper, and 3 cloves garlic in the hot bacon drippings over medium heat until onion is tender, about 10 minutes.

  6. Mix onion mixture, tomatoes with green chiles, bacon, and andouille sausage into pea mixture. Season with sugar, salt, and pepper. Simmer pea mixture until flavors have blended, 1 1/2 hours.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

712 Calories
48g Fat
42g Carbs
29g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Calories 712
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 48g 62%
Saturated Fat 17g 85%
Cholesterol 81mg 27%
Sodium 947mg 41%
Total Carbohydrate 42g 15%
Dietary Fiber 8g 27%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 29g
Vitamin C 21mg 106%
Calcium 102mg 8%
Iron 6mg 33%
Potassium 1037mg 22%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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